Macbeth is clearly deep in thought about the potential results of changing his fate, though the acts of humanism in mind are sinful in every way. Shakespeare writes this quote so that it can be inferred that nothing good can come from immorally altering one’s fate. Later in Act 1, Lady Macbeth clearly praises corrupt humanism when she says about Macbeth, “Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it” (Shakespeare I, v 18-20)... ... middle of paper ... ...en killed, he uses humanism in a way that it should be used: to save his own and his brother’s lives. Shakespeare uses both Macduff’s and Malcolm’s uses of humanism to demonstrate how humanism should be applied to life. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare explains his view of both humanism and how it should be used through the characterization of both the good and evil characters in the play.
Painting no "Arden" to provide asylum, Shakespeare gives Measure for Measure a grave tone. The play is more like a tragedy: intense focus on the gravity of the situation with littleemotional respite for the reader and characters. Measure for Measure is like a tragedy in plot development, as well. Shakespeare's earlier comedies pose situations of extreme danger, but through plot development, Shakespeare handles the conflict with a lighter tone. Much is at stake, but he reassures the reader that good will prosper, and evil will not escape some sort of punishment.
We immediately get the notion that Lear is attention loving and that he loves flattery. As the scene develops we also discover that he knows almost nothing about his daughters, as he couldn?t recognize their falseness. As long as his eldest daughters flattered him, he was happy. He doesn?t even recognize honesty, as he scolds Cordelia for being true when she told him ?I love your majesty according to my bond, no more nor less?. Lear shows poor judgment when he banishes his favorite daughter and leaves her without a dowry.
One of the topics Shakespeare is especially fond of is that of Love being a force for good in society, improving anyone who is infatuated with it. During Act 2 Scene 3 Don Pedro comments that if Beatrice loved him like she supposedly loves Benedick, 'I would have doffed all other respects and ... ... middle of paper ... ...io and Hero signifying closure and restoring order, which demonstrates that not only is their relationship superficial, but also their presentation within the play. Much Ado About Nothing explores the many nooks and crannies that lurk in the dark theoretical world of love. Shakespeare captures the essence of love, in his language, structure and content. The presentation of love in this play is wide both in scope and in application, including many relevant ideas.
Lessons in King Lear by William Shakespeare Satisfying, hopeful, and redemptive: some critics would say that these adjectives belong nowhere near a description of King Lear. One critic, Thomas Roche, even states that the play’s ending is “as bleak and unrewarding as man can reach outside the gates of hell” (164). Certainly, Roche’s pessimistic interpretation has merit; after all, Lear has seen nearly everyone he once cared for die before dying himself. Although this aspect of the play is true, agreeing with this negative view requires a person to believe that Lear learns nothing and that he suffers and dies in vain. Indeed, this is exactly what Roche believes when he states that at the play’s end, “Lear still cannot tell good from evil .
Shakespeare locates his tragedy in an extreme and entropic universe that makes his audience uncomfortable, and indeed is supposed to. On its own, the sheer violence of Act III.7 bears witness to Kent's nihilistic utterance at the plays close. However, Lear's universe, as I have just stated, is one of extremes, and not merely negative ones. As A.C. Bradley notes: There is in the world of King Lear the same abundance of extreme good as of extreme evil. It generates in profusion self-less devotion and unconquerable love.2 The play contains a cluster of characters that are unequivocally good.
Toward the end of the play, Lear realizes that he has been very unfair to Cordelia, and that the other two sisters have misled him. Cordelia, however, remains true to Lear, as she respects the relationship between them although he does not. Shakespeare expects family members to be true to one another and have a solid trust in each other. Lear doesn't do what Shakespeare expects: he no longer loves Cordelia after she confesses she loves him only to the extent a daughter should. All of his love is for Regan and Goneril because both of them tell their father what he wants to hear: that they love him more than anyone in the world.
Love is the central emotional attitude in the play, Othello. Yet, love does not help the characters workout their problems. Feelings of insecurities, in th... ... middle of paper ... ...aims, " In other word the play undoes what it does: It turns a heroic Moor into a villainous Moor…"(Introduction, Critical Essays, 2). This is exactly what Shakespeare wanted to prove, that love can turn to hate and admiration can turn to jealousy. Most importantly, Shakespeare demonstrated that everything good in life may turn into something bad.
He had shed so many tears in vain to “season love”, which was so easily discarded and forgotten [II.iii.71-72]. Shakespeare has also very e... ... middle of paper ... .... This caesura is a very important tool used in the speech to convey the message of fidelity and consistency to all men if they want their women to remain faithful to them. The reader appreciates and agrees with the Friar’s words of wisdom to Romeo and understands how the caesura develops the theme of dangerous impulsiveness of young love by highlighting that fickleness and inconsistency can ruin a relationship. In conclusion, Friar Lawrence very effectively expresses his disapproval of Romeo’s impulsive obsessions and reprimands him for his fickleness and unreliability.
Iago constructs a false impression of his loyalty to Othello through ... ... middle of paper ... ... as it unfolds. It is saddening to see these characters fail again and again to understand each other, and themselves. Within our own lives however, we are not so different from the characters of the play. Many things are beyond our comprehension, and it is easy for suffering to arise when people are without understanding. Alas, Shakespeare has given us fair warning of the tragedy that could spring from incomprehension.